DNA Favorites Blog

This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.

I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.

Aug 12, 2022

Identifying Fathers of WWII War Babes

During World War II many children in Britain were fathered by American servicemen. DNA testing is now helping these "war babes" discover their paternal ancestry.

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Aug 10, 2022

DNA Class at Milwaukee Irish Fest.

I will be teaching a class on DNA testing at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. It's my first in-person class in 2 1/2 years. Check it out and register now.

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Aug 08, 2022

Finding Bio Ancestors thru DNA Testing

Jim Bartlett's segment-ology blog is a good educational resource on DNA testing In this post he reviews how DNA matches can identify biological ancestors.

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Aug 05, 2022

Big Virtual Conference on Genetic Genealogy

The Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree 2022 (beginning 8/19/22) includes 27 presentations on DNA topics. I will be presenting on Y-DNA testing.

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Aug 03, 2022

CeCe Moore Discusses DNA Test Accuracy

How accurate are genetic genealogy DNA tests? It depends on the type of finding you're looking at. CeCe Moore explains the difference.

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Aug 02, 2022

DNA Class at Milwaukee Irish Fest

I will be teaching a class on DNA testing at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. It's my first in-person class in 2 1/2 years. Check it out and register now.

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Aug 01, 2022

U.S. Adoptee Finds Half-Brother in Sweden

MyHeritage is the most popular DNA test in Europe. When this adoptee transferred her DNA data from another DNA test into MyHeritage, she found a half-brother in Sweden.

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Jul 29, 2022

Steve Morse on Genetic Genealogy

Steve Morse is a talented engineer and a good communicator. In this article he dives into the nitty-gritty of genes, chromosomes, and DNA.

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Jul 27, 2022

Some Tips for Successful Adoption Reunions

It's exciting when an adult adoptee reunites with biological family. But things don't always go smoothly. This article provides some preparation tips for both sides.

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Jul 25, 2022

Two Sisters, Adopted Separately, Reunited by a DNA Test

Two adoptees from Korea never expected to meet any biological family. Yet a DNA test connected this Minnesota sister with her New York sister. Watch their meeting.

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Jul 22, 2022

Novel Approach to Solving Cold Cases with DNA

CeCe Moore has helped law enforcement solve dozens of old murder cases using genetic genealogy. Her most recent success used a novel approach you can read about here.

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Jul 20, 2022

Get Your Signed Copy of "Finding Family"

Printed copies of "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA," are hard to find. Order it directly from me and I will sign your copy.

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Jul 18, 2022

New Tools for Exploring Haplogroups

Family Tree DNA has introduced its DISCOVER family of Y-DNA tools. The tools are free to use and Roberta Estes explains them all in this blog post.

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Jul 15, 2022

Exploring an Important DNA Tool at GEDmatch

This video from Family History Fanatics provides a great introduction to the GEDmatch One-to-One Tool.

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Jul 13, 2022

DNA Unlocks a Deceased Grandmother's Secret

This detailed example shows how DNA testing and some powerful tools can solve mysteries about our ancestors.

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Jul 11, 2022

Good Advice on Family Secrets in the Era of DNA Testing

Should you tell your adult child that the man who raised her is not her biological father? Syndicated columnist Dear Amy has the answer.

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Jul 08, 2022

Adopted Woman Meets Her Mother After 64 Years

The British version of Long Lost Family helped this woman reunite with her 84-year-old mother after 64 years.

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Jul 06, 2022

A Wonderful New Video on Mitochondrial DNA

In addition to sharing some big news, this video is a great introduction to mitochondrial DNA testing. Watch it here.

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Jul 04, 2022

New Update to Theory of Family Relativity™

DNA testers at MyHeritage have this tool that uses family tree profiles and historical records to suggest how your DNA Matches may be related to you.

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Jul 01, 2022

Listen to My 4-Minute Interview

I was recently interviewed about my involvement with DNA testing for adoptees and genealogists. You can listen at this link.

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Jun 29, 2022

Watch This Beautiful Adoptee Reunion Story

Adopted from Japan, this man in Texas discovered seven siblings in Ohio through a DNA test. Be sure to watch the video.

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Jun 27, 2022

"Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns

As reported in this EOGN post by Dick Eastman, the popular genealogy show is coming back for Season 11. Read the details.

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Jun 24, 2022

Adoptee, Age 80, Meets Birth Mother, Age 98

If there was ever a "don't give up" example, this is it. I can't remember reading about an adoption reunion where the participants were older than this.

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Jun 22, 2022

We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference

I will be giving a presentation on DNA testing for this three-day online conference (9/23-9/25). The early registration price ends on 6/30/22.

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Jun 20, 2022

How Home DNA Ancestry Kits Work

In spite of the limitations of DNA testing explained in this post, the reviewer concludes: "So despite all of the flaws, an ancestry test is still intriguing enough to drop $100 on."

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